BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– A Boulder woman is facing numerous charges including DUI and child abuse for allegedly driving drunk with her 1-year-old son in the car.

According to the police report, Melinda Rose Rider was driving to pick up her husband after work on Wednesday when she crashed her car into the median in the area of Valmont and 55th.

Instead, Rider, 34, called her husband sometime before 7 p.m. and said she struck something and could not drive the car. She also informed him that she had their infant son in the car and he needed to come and meet her.

When he arrived, Rider’s husband told police she handed over their son and called a cab and left alone.

That’s when Rider’s husband called police with concerns because he smelled “the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath and believed her to have had drank approximately 8 cans of beer and was intoxicated when the crash occurred.”

Rider’s husband told police he believe the accident happened about 30 to 45 minutes before the officer arrived at 7:23 p.m.

After the officer completed his report with Rider’s husband, he drove to their home.

According to the report, the officer noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Rider’s breath, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was staggering.

Rider told the officer that she “had drank only six beers before driving to get” her husband from work, had no other alcohol after the accident and was okay. She said she left in a cab because she thought her husband “would be mad at her.”

The officer said Rider refused to consent to voluntary roadside maneuvers but did consent to a breath test.

Rider was taken to the Boulder Police Department and a breath test was taken at 8:44 p.m. with a result of .292 BAC and again at 8:47 p.m. with a test result of .304 BAC.

Rider was then transported to the Boulder County Jail where she was booked on charges of child abuse, DUI and careless driving.


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